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Community of Practice for Consumer Health Professionals

The NNLM has partnered with the All of Us Research Program to help libraries in supporting the health information needs of their users by offering a Consumer Health Community of Practice for library professionals.

Three reasons to participate:

  1. Find and share critical consumer health resources
  2. Find and connect with other consumer health professionals
  3. Engage in important and interesting conversations around consumer health

Featured:

A comprehensive site with a directory of health services, statistics, and resources (such as 10 things LGBT patients should discuss with their health care providers). Also included is a listing of LGBT Health Clinics by state and city.


Engage with Other Consumer Health Professionals:

Engage on important topics:

  1. Need a free NNLM account to participate.
  2. With your NNLM log-in. Enter the class – the first time you will need to add the following password: cp2020

Consumer Health Community of Practice – We are stronger together
 
This pilot community has been created with two stated objectives:

  1. Develop an engaged network of librarians who are participating in the NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network by providing a variety of engagement and learning opportunities on various topics connected to health & wellness and All of Us.
  2. Assess the types of activities that are successful in engaging libraries around health & wellness that can be shared with All of Us and will inform future engagement activities around the NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network. 

Are you interested in participating in this community? Here are two important things to know:

First: This community of practice is funded by the All of Us Research Program and so their goals are our goals. You can learn more about All of Us here.

Second: All of the resources in this community of practice are for every library worker who is working or wanting to work to advance access to quality consumer health information in their communities. (Even if you decide not to partner with NNLM to support All of Us). If you work in a library and if you are invested in transforming access to trusted health information, improving health literacy and health outcomes in your communities we want you to have:

  1. Access to all relevant resources in one easy location.
  2. Opportunity to have important discussions and contribute questions and general conversation and also as trusted experts in the field.
  3. Community with others in the field through participating in and connecting with colleagues who are listed in the database.

 

Due to privacy concerns, there are some resources that require an NNLM account, which is free to obtain. We may also promote resources that are external to NNLM that may have their own account requirements.
Welcome to the Community of Practice - we hope you connect with others here!
We welcome feedback at any time. Please share your feedback.
 

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Community of Practice engagement forums are a great opportunity for us to have discussions about the questions that are important to us in the work that we do. The first time you will need to create an NNLM account if you do not have one and then you can proceed to the discussions using this code: cp2020 (It is the year 2020 so the 0s are zeros)

If you have a recommendation for a discussion topic or would like to be a guest facilitator,  please let us know through this feedback form.

This Community of Practice is here for you and most importantly used and built by you. We will continually add trusted resources as you bring them to our attention and organize them in a manner that makes it easy for you to access as needed.

These resources have initially been curated from the existing resources and staff knowledge in the NNLM and other trusted organizations, resources and tools for library and health workers. If you have any additions, comments or suggestions – please use this feedback link to let us know right away.

Resource Description
#libs4health
#libs4health

Social Media hashtag #libs4health is a way to link your health related social media posts and also to find other people and information that use #libs4health

Association of LGBTQ+ Psychiatrists

This site provides educational resources for both the general public and mental health professionals, including virtual educational sessions and previously recorded sessions. There is also a referral portal to locate a local care provider/member of the Association of LBGTQ+ Psychiatrists.

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Bringing Health Information to the Community (BHIC)

Bringing Health Information to the Community is an NNLM blog that shares health information resources, news, and issues affecting communities.

Copy of CDC Banner Image of Father helping a small child with a tissue.
CDC - Coping with the stress of COVID-19

Coping with Stress

Coping with stress during a COVID-19 outbreak will make you, your loved ones, and your community stronger.

CDC Refugee Health Profiles

The refugee health profiles linked from this page provide key health and cultural information about specific refugee groups resettling in the United States.

Each profile covers some of these topics:

CDC: LGBT Health

A comprehensive site with a directory of health services, statistics, and resources (such as 10 things LGBT patients should discuss with their health care providers). Also included is a listing of LGBT Health Clinics by state and city.

CDC logo
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

"CDC works 24/7 to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S. Whether diseases start at home or abroad, are chronic or acute, curable or preventable, human error or deliberate attack, CDC fights disease and supports communities and citizens to do the same."

Class: From Beyond our Borders: Providing Multilingual and Multicultural Health Information

This class is designed to assist librarians and others who work with diverse populations in locating health information. The resources presented are selected for their emphasis on providing culturally relevant information in the preferred language of the population. Background information on refugees and immigrants in the U.S. and their unique health issues will be presented.

Community Engagement Toolkit

This toolkit is intended to provide a collection of resources, methods, and best practices for librarians participating in engagement activities in their communities.

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Community Tool Box

The Community Tool Box is a free, online resource for those working to build healthier communities and bring about social change. It offers thousands of pages of tips and tools for taking action in communities.

Consumer Health Professionals

Title State Expertise
April Wright Maryland
  • Activity and or Outreach Ideas
  • Building Community Partnerships
  • Serving Populations that are Underrepresented in Biomedical Research
Brittney Thomas Iowa
  • Activity and or Outreach Ideas
  • Building Community Partnerships
  • Professional Development
Carolyn Martin Washington
  • Activity and or Outreach Ideas
  • Health Collection Development
  • How to Access to Resources in a Variety of Languages
  • Professional Development
Catherine Martin Massachusetts
  • Activity and or Outreach Ideas
  • Building Community Partnerships
  • Collaboration
  • Professional Conferences
  • Professional Development
  • Serving Populations that are Underrepresented in Biomedical Research
Dana L. Ladd Virginia
  • Activity and or Outreach Ideas
  • Collaboration
  • Health Collection Development
  • How to Access to Print Resources
  • How to Access to Resources in a Variety of Languages
  • Professional Conferences
  • Professional Development
Jessi Van Der Volgen Utah
  • Professional Conferences
  • Professional Development
Michael Balkenhol Pennsylvania
  • Activity and or Outreach Ideas
  • Building Community Partnerships
  • Collaboration
  • Professional Development
Michele Spatz Washington
  • Activity and or Outreach Ideas
  • Building Community Partnerships
  • Collaboration
  • Health Collection Development
  • How to Access to Print Resources
  • How to Access to Resources in a Variety of Languages
  • Professional Conferences
  • Professional Development
  • Serving Populations that are Underrepresented in Biomedical Research
Nora Franco California
  • Activity and or Outreach Ideas
  • Building Community Partnerships
  • Collaboration
  • Health Collection Development
  • How to Access to Print Resources
  • How to Access to Resources in a Variety of Languages
  • Professional Conferences
  • Professional Development
  • Serving Populations that are Underrepresented in Biomedical Research
Tess Wilson Pennsylvania
  • Activity and or Outreach Ideas
  • Building Community Partnerships
  • Collaboration
  • How to Access to Resources in a Variety of Languages
  • Professional Conferences
  • Professional Development
  • Serving Populations that are Underrepresented in Biomedical Research
Event Description Date
I am ... Safe Zone: Messages I Learned

Doing Social Justice work is a simple concept, but it isn't easy. While moving forward, we must also trace from where we have come from and what we have learned. This activity is primarily a silent self-reflection journey through one's past to better inform our futures.

Don't forget to bring paper and pencil for this session!

Aug 12, 2020
NLM Resources for Images

The National Library of Medicine offers several unique resources for locating various types of images related to medical and health topics. This one-hour webinar tailored to health sciences librarians will cover how to use several of these resources. Practical and creative ideas for utilizing these resources and introducing them to faculty, staff, and students will also be provided.

Instructor: Kelsey Cowles, MLIS
Academic Coordinator, Network of the National Library of Medicine Middle Atlantic Region

Aug 18, 2020
Reaching the Hard to Reach: Empowering Community Members to Think Differently & Embrace Teens with SUD and Mental Health Challenges

Being a teenager is hard, and COVID-19 has made these difficult years even harder. Over the past decade, U.S. teens report feeling increased pressure and stress and those working with this population see the result -- young people with mental health conditions, lack of resiliency skills and many with substance use disorder. The healthy coping mechanisms that used to contribute to mental wellness, like community connection, physical activity and the pursuit of creative outlets has been declining. These trends were happening even before COVID!

Aug 25, 2020
From Beyond our Borders: Providing Multilingual and Multicultural Health Information

This class runs in Moodle August 28 to September 25, 2020.

Aug 28, 2020
COVID-19: Health Literacy and Misinformation in the LatinX Community

The COVID-19 pandemic has created an opportunity for the spread of misinformation to the general public. This is even more prevalent in underserved and diverse populations where low health literacy skills and unique health information needs play a part in making people in these groups more vulnerable to predatory practices. This webinar will focus on the LatinX community and how misinformation about COVID-19 affects its members.

By the end of the session, participants will be able to:

Aug 31, 2020
Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library

This class is offered in Moodle September 4, 2020 - October 2, 2020.

Sep 4, 2020
Grey Literature Resources to Support Emergency Preparedness, Response and Recovery

September is National Preparedness Month. Join us to learn about Grey Literature and how it can be helpful during evolving situations.

What is Grey Literature? How do you find it? And how can it help during emergency preparedness, response and recovery? This session will introduce participants to the concept of Grey Literature, its uses and resources for finding it. This session will also include a live demonstration of one resource for finding Grey Literature related to emergency preparedness, response and recovery.

Objectives:

Sep 9, 2020
Caring for the Mind: Providing Mental Health Information At Your Library

This class is offered in Webex on September 10, 2020.

Sep 10, 2020
Healthy Aging at Your Library: Connecting Older Adults to Health Information

This "train the trainer" class is designed to help library staff assist their older adult patrons find health information. Discover techniques for helping older adults find health information on the Internet, learn what makes a website older adult-friendly; plan library programs on health topics; and explore some recommended health websites for older adults.
Objectives:

Sep 11, 2020
Beyond the Binary: Health Resources for Sexual and Gender Minorities

This purpose of this course is to provide culturally sensitive health information resources for Sexual and Gender Minorities (SGM) populations and the librarians, health care practitioners, and others who support them. The acronym LGBTQI+ refers to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning individuals and others.

The course is presented on the Moodle platform, lasting four weeks, with a new topic each week.

Sep 14, 2020

All of Us Research ProgramFunding for this Consumer Health Community of Practice has been provided by the All of Us Research Project. Find the contact information for the Engagement Coordinator whom facilitates partnerships in your location.